Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)


Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), a program of COA Youth and Family Centers, is a parent involvement, school-readiness program that helps parents prepare their two-, three-, and four-year old children for success in school and beyond. Peer mentors provide parents with a set of carefully developed curriculum including books and materials designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive skills, early literacy skills, and social/emotional and physical development.

HIPPY empowers parents as primary educators of their children in the home and fosters parent involvement in school and community life.

Parents and children read, play, and learn together every day in their homes and at monthly HIPPY Family Gathering Nights.

Be a Volunteer for Family Gathering Nights

At monthly Family Gathering Nights, NCJW volunteers help children ages 2-5 (and their parents and siblings) with art and science projects, games, and other activities, serve dinner, read to children, etc. It is truly a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity every second Monday from 5-7pm during the school year, at the Goldin Center.

To volunteer, contact Ruth Wallace, Kristal Melbye, Patty Fedderly, Robyn Eiseman, or Margie Margolies at HIPPY@ncjwmke.org.

NCJW Volunteers also help with planning, program evaluation, publicity, fundraising, field trips, graduation, staff appreciation dinners, anniversary celebrations, winter wear and book drives, and other aspects of HIPPY.

For information and to RSVP contact Margie Margolies (margie@margolies.com)


COA Goldin Center – 2320 W. Burleigh

DIRECTIONS – to COA Goldin Center Via I-43 from the north, going south:

Take I-43 south and at exit 74 (the Locust exit) take the ramp right for N. 8th Street toward W. Locust Street. Turn right onto Locust. Continue on Locust about 9 blocks. Pass both 14th Street and Teutonia and then turn right onto Hopkins Street (on an angle). Continue a few blocks west on Burleigh to 2320 (the Goldin Center, on the right).

There is parking in the lot behind the Goldin Center (enter on 24th Street) or on the streets.

Enter the Goldin Center using the main door (on Burleigh).

HIPPY In The News

A Neighborhood News Service article about HIPPY includes the following YouTube video they produced from interviewing a family at a Family Gathering Night.  Click here to watch the video.

Radio Milwaukee 88.9 Meet-The-Need broadcast a segment on HIPPY.  Simply click on the website below, and scroll down to the podcast to hear this 2½ minute interview with Tom Schneider (prior COA Executive Director) and Margie Margolies (NCJW HIPPY VP) about COA’s HIPPY program.  Click here to listen to the segment.

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